Jay Kelly Smith, 59, went to be with his Lord on January 4, 2019. He is celebrating with Jesus, finally free from the quadriplegia.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at First Christian Church, 1550 S. College, Santa Maria, CA., on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11:00 am.
A brief graveside service will be held at the Santa Maria Cemetery, (southern section) on Jay's birthday, February 26, 2019, at 12:00 pm.
Jay was born in Shirley County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Albert and Beverly Smith. He had two older brothers, Neno and Geno Smith. At a young age Jay lived all over the world because his dad was in the Air Force. Jay considered Illinois his home state because his parents were from Illinois.
Jay graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee, Massachusetts. After high school he joined the Navy and became a Navy Corpsmen. Jay moved to Santa Maria, California in 1989. Jay loved and cared for people so he continued in health care working as a Psych Technician for many years. He also worked as a Dialysis Technician, Monitor Observer, and LVN.
In 1993, at the age of 33, Jay was robbed and shot which left him a quadriplegic. Although there were numerous struggles, Jay remained joyful, caring, and loving. His health struggles often got in the way of his endeavors. However, he was able to get his driver's license which gave him some independence, which he loved. Jay took classes and got a degree in Biblical Studies. He loved on children from an underserved area in Santa Maria by helping them with their homework, computers, reading, etc. He also met with the teens from that same area leading Bible Studies, games, etc. He lived a life where he loved Jesus and loved people.
Jay is survived by his Life Partner/Wife of 29 years, (married for 17 years), Lisa Smith. Also, he is survived by his daughter, Tabitha Maciel, and mother, Beverly Smith. He is preceded in death by his father, Albert Smith and brothers Neno and Geno Smith. Jay is also survived by many wonderful family members whom he loved very much.
We would like to thank our family, friends, and church family for all the love you showed us over the years. We are also grateful to all the health care professionals who helped us and cared for us. Thank you also to the service agencies that assisted us as well.